I was preparing some med sheets that a group of my classmates and I made up for the medications we were given as likely meds to be given.
While doing this, I learned an interesting fact: that if the urine is alkaline, up to 80% of ASA would be eliminated from the body, compared to 2-3% if it is acidotic (according to Davis' Drug Guide for Nurses).
When I shared this with the lab instructor, she swept her hand over the mannikins and said "Where would I need to know that?"
I then shared it with the 1st term instructor, who also teaches pharmacology, who also seemed to shine it on as like "why would you need to know that?"
After being lectured by the lab instructor some time after this event, she as much as said that I was confusing other students by asking "tangential" questions in class. (For me, the questions help me to form a bigger picture.)
She said, surely I must have been told this in other classes? I have a long history of education and many many units, and I said--"No, I've never been told that before I entered nursing school." (In fact, I've been told as much that I am "selfish" for asking questions.)
Another pharmacology teacher put down several foreign students who said that activated charcoal was used in their country as an anti-emetic, for indigestion--she told them that if someone took activated charcoal it would cause them to vomit (not true). How activated charcoal works was eventually brought up by another instructor who assured us that activated charcoal was not an emetic.
While we are told our ADN program has an excellent reputation, these kinds of responses bother me. I always learn better when I know MORE, because I understand how everything works.
I feel like my school and I have different educational philosophies.
Are all nursing schools like this? Is it more prevalent among ADN programs? I am a bit disappointed, to say the least.